The Flat Belly Five and Sample 1 Day Raw Menu

So, I'll just get straight to the point. If Thanksgiving {numbers 1, 2 & 3 plus "Friends-giving" & leftovers central} has you feeling more stuffed than your t{of}urkey then follow these tips to debloat, reenergize and make sure you'll still fit into all those cute skinnies you bought on Black Friday. And small business Saturday.... and cyber Monday... 

But really... Sorry {not sorry!}

But really... Sorry {not sorry!}

  1. Load up on raw foods! Personally, I'm eating fully raw for at least 3 days this week. Untouched, unprocessed, whole foods straight from nature are potent detoxifiers. Bursting with life force, minerals and antioxidants, upping your intake of raw fruits, veggies and sprouted seeds/nuts will kick your post-holiday bloat to the curb while giving you energy and clearing your brain fog. Even if you don't eat 100% all raw food, just by adding more to what you're already eating will make a big difference. Think green smoothies for breakfast, big salads for lunch, carrot and celery sticks for snack, and a small salad with your dinner or lots of herbs like parsley, mint and cilantro to top your cooked quinoa. Or add in a big green juice instead of another cup of coffee mid day. 
  2. Drink up! Water that is! Lots of that good quality H2O! Make this alkaline water every night before bed and drink the whole thing when you wake up before you have your coffee for an easy peasy hydration boost. Then continue to drink and drink and drink some more throughout your day to flush out all the toxins, maximize digestion and boost your metabolism. Plain water too boring for you? Try charcoal water, herbal teas {rooibos is my fav!} or my favorite -- 1 mason jar of water, squeeze 1/2 lime and a few leaves of fresh mint. Ahh! So fresh and refreshing!
  3. Daily probiotic! This is my morning must have! Find an allergen-free, high quality probiotic and have one {or 2!} every morning for a bloat-free, flat-belly kind of day.
  4. Take 5... or at least 4 hours between meals to give your digestive system ample time to work its magic. You'll notice significantly less bloating and an energized feeling when you aren't constantly sending more food down the chute. Really, try it. And if you feel snacky, drink more water, tea or a fresh pressed juice.
  5. Get moving! Move that beautiful body of yours. Think morning stretches, afternoon Pure Barre {or better yet, PLATFORM!}, walks after meals, and playing with your kiddos. Heck, just take the stairs or park further from the store. And for more fun, turn on your favorite playlist and whip and nae nae your way to a flat belly. 
Whip and Nae Nae your way to a flat, post holiday belly like Jimmy

Whip and Nae Nae your way to a flat, post holiday belly like Jimmy

There you have it. All the balance you need between the #goals and #treatyoself contradiction of the holiday season. And bonus, check out this sample raw food menu and give it a go tomorrow.

Upon rising: alkaline water + probiotic

Breakfast: green smoothie

Get the recipe for these raw vegan wraps which are just as delicious as they are pretty in PB&Julie's Sample 1 Day Raw Menu. 

Get the recipe for these raw vegan wraps which are just as delicious as they are pretty in PB&Julie's Sample 1 Day Raw Menu. 

Snack: more smoothie or chia pudding {1/4 cup chia seeds, 1 cup unsweetened nut milk, 1 tsp vanilla, cinnamon, pomegranate arils or other fruit to top. Mix ingredients and set aside in fridge for 15 minutes to gel up.} 

Lunch: Raw taco salad

Snack: matcha latte or raw veggies

Dinner: raw thai salad or raw wraps

After dinner treat: 1 square of raw dark chocolate or warming vanilla almond milk latte {1 cup warmed unsweetened vanilla almond milk, coconut sugar to taste and a sprinkle of cinnamon}